It would be fair to say it’s good to be Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The 24-year-old signal caller is the reigning NFL MVP, the MVP of Super Bowl LIV, and NFL Champion. Add to all of that, he now is the proud owner of a 12-year contract worth $476.6 million. That breaks down to two years remaining on his existing contract valued at $26.6 million and a 10-year extension totaling $450 million, which is now the richest overall contract in professional sports history. He replaces Angels centerfielder Mike Trout for that honor, as Trout’s 10-year $450 million just doesn’t quite measure up. There is one significant difference between the two contracts, as the guaranteed portion of the Mahomes deal is $140 million, should he suffer an injury. Trout’s contact is fully guaranteed. Either way, when you talk about generational wealth, both athletes have achieved that level and beyond… The trajectory of the opening of the 60-game Major League Baseball season and that of the resumption of the National Basketball Association season, aren’t good. MLB’s COVID testing program for players and team staff members is off to a shaky start, at best. Monday the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros both called off planned practices, because the teams hadn’t been notified about the test results from the previous Friday. Once the season is underway MLB will administer 14,000 COVID tests weekly and the logistics of that seem daunting. In the meantime several veteran players are opting out of the season all together… Meanwhile in the NBA, seven teams closed their practice facilities due to positive COVID test results, as 22 teams are scheduled to fly to Orlando, Florida this week, to enter the protective player bubble. NBA players are opting out of the rest of the season for a variety of reasons, with some athletes due to sign large free agent contracts during the off-season, which they don’t want to jeopardize. Following sports, which used to be fun and entertaining, is rapidly becoming tedious, at best… Let’s be perfectly honest, the NBA’s 22-team season-ending format was designed to get rookies Zion Williamson and Ja Morant national television exposure, which benefits the league on a long-term basis, as well as the NBA’s television partners. There really is no reasonable explanation, considering the current health crisis, to have more than 16 of the 30 NBA teams participate in the Orlando bubble… The sign that either an athletic or business apocalypse, or both, may be upon us is reflected by athletic footwear and apparel maker Under Armour severing their $280 million sponsorship deal with the UCLA Athletic Department. Guessing here that if the Bruins Football program had been better than 7-17 over the past two seasons and UCLA Basketball was better than their 36-28 record over the same time span, we wouldn’t be having this discussion… Cam Newton signing a one-year contract with the New England Patriots, filled the sports discussion void on sports networks and podcasts for a full week, not to mention that it launched hundreds of ‘hot takes.’… Newton’s signing neutralized the talk show venom directed at the Patriots, who were just fined a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and $1.1 million for illegally filming the Cincinnati Bengals sideline during a game last season. Two quick thoughts. One, what could the Patriots possibly learn from the Bengals? Two, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell better have a strong coalition of owners behind him or Patriots Owner Robert Kraft will have the final laugh. In the modern-day NFL, the lost draft pick is worth more than the money.

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